Inside Story of Modern Gasoline, The
Describes (in partly animated form: you know, "talking gasoline drops," etc!) the refining of gasoline, it's chemical breakdown, etc; excellent shots of gasoline stations (with the "Royal Crown" glass globes atop the gas pumps; striking images), and oil refineries. Good shots fo stop light changing from red to green; driver's POC on Western highway; CU speedometer accelerating to 50 MPH; CU gas jet stovetop; beautiful Chrysler "Town and Country" ("Woody") on rural highway. Deserves a shotlist...
Subject: How Gas Was Made for Your Old Jalopy
The shots of Whiting, Indiana appear way to clean from what I recall that sooty smoky stinky place looking like.
OK film although a couple of the animated illustrations are not too creative and, hence, not helpful because their design doesn't address very well the point that they aim to illustrate.
Subject: Still could be used today - and entertaining.
Surprisingly accurate and still timely: oil refining still uses exactly the same processes described and the issues of volatility and knock are still largely true.
The only real difference is car design which use fuel injections (better fuel-air uniformity and deliver than ever possible with carburetors used when this film was created), and electronic ignition which better times the spark (for performance as close to knock as possible with dynamic feedback that can instantly adjust as use and environmental conditions change).
This has largely enabled cars to use "low octane 86/87" without knocking problems. There are still cars that require 91/92 octane - generally sports cars which try to squeeze out even more power with still higher compression ratios. You should hear a BMW Z3 when you put low octane in the tank - old school knocking with a vengeance!
Subject: Excellent film..
Subject: Sounds Familiar
Subject: inside story
But don't even think about it, just keep driving like there's no tomorrow!
Subject: Great start, but disapointing second half.
Subject: It's a gas man, a boring gas...